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Tipfuxeni Project connects NGOs with funders

Information technology is strengthening civil society in South Africa, fostering new relationships and empowering communities. Now a new platform, the Tipfuxeni Project, connects South African NGOS with international funders.

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Graça Machel: a heroine in her own right

With a life dedicated to universal education and ending child poverty, the wife of two of Africa's most revered leaders believes that we owe our children - the most vulnerable citizens in any society - a life free from violence and fear. Widowed twice, she fights on, knowing her work is not yet done.


District Six: coming home

For more than three decades, Zahrah Hendricks dreamed of returning to her childhood home. The vibrant streets and sense of community of District Six have been bittersweet memories most of her life. Yet now she is among those families who are returning, intent on rebuilding their neighbourhood.


Ginwala helped shape South Africa's history

An academic, a writer and journalist, a sharp legal mind, a human rights advocate - Dr Frene Ginwala is all of these things. She has devoted her life to bringing equality to South Africa, and was instrumental in writing the country's Constitution.


Nadine Gordimer: courage in life, talent in work

Nadine Gordimer died peacefully at the age of 90 on Sunday. The Nobel laureate transcended the provincial confines of her solitary childhood in the small mining town of Springs to become a fierce opponent of apartheid through her critically acclaimed writings.

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